Creating great architecture takes perseverance...

I am most proud of the challenging projects where our team have succeeded in creating something beautiful that matters to the people that use it.
— Micheal Holliday

Micheal Holliday | Director

Micheal founded Roots in 2010 with an ambition to deliver contemporary architecture that responds to the landscape, climate, and the needs of people in the Hebrides.

Micheal is engaged in all projects tackled by Roots and takes a personal interest in seeing that our clients are satisfied with the service they receive. 

Having grown up on the Isle of Tiree, Micheal has a deep appreciation of what makes Scotland's rural landscapes special and the challenges facing communities living there.  Through his work at Roots Micheal has shown real skill in managing collaborations between clients, contractors, planners, engineers, builders and user groups to produce high quality buildings.

Micheal became a Chartered Architect in 2011 having previously studied Building Design Engineering & Advanced Architectural Design at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.  Although ultimately specialising in architecture, this multi-disciplinary course provided Micheal with the building blocks of engineering design, which he has used to make his own way in the construction industry.  

In 2011 Micheal established Tog Studio with Lynne Cox & Richard Campbell.  Tog Studio is a ‘live-build’ school that provides architects, engineers, and anyone interested in building, with an opportunity to collaborate first-hand on a live construction project.  Now in its 6th year and run entirely by Roots Architecture, Tog Studio has delivered multi-award winning architecture including  'The Noust' Community Boathouse for Tiree that gained national recognition and a Scottish Design Award & Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award.

Micheal began his professional career at Anderson Bell + Christie Architects, where he designed housing developments for local authority housing associations in and around Glasgow.  In his time at ABC he also developed the conceptual design for the award-winning ‘An Cridhe’ community hall on the neighboring island of Coll. 

His entrepreneurial instinct and ambitious nature have led Roots to receive the Shell LiveWIRE Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Scotland) in 2010, and reach the final of the Rural Innovators Award at the 2014 Scottish Rural Parliament.

Micheal is registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB), he is a Chartered member of Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Micheal also holds an up-to-date Professionally Qualified Person card from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, showing a high level of awareness relating to Health & Safety issues. 


Email: micheal@roots.co.uk